A Lakewood nurse's license has been suspended after allegations surfaced that she was trafficking in cocaine and having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the Special Commitment Center.
Barbara Ann Boardman, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing with the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and state Department of Health. She cannot work as a nurse in Washington until the charges are resolved.
The commission made the decision Tuesday after expressing concern that Board-man’s behavior places other patients at risk.
“The Commission finds an immediate danger exists here,” they wrote in their ruling.
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Boardman was assigned to the SCC on McNeil Island in 2005. She is accused of starting an intimate relationship with a violent sexual predator the following year and reviewing his electronic records without a medical reason.
Although Boardman was fired in September 2006, she allegedly continued to have phone sex with the inmate and visit him.
In 2007 and 2008, she reportedly smuggled in 50 pornographic movies to the inmate and delivered him crack cocaine 11 times.
Federal prosecutors charged her in June with acquiring controlled substances by deception.
Boardman was released on bail in July but had it revoked four months ago after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and consuming alcohol, which she was prohibited from doing by condition of her release.
She pleaded guilty in August to possession of cocaine base.
Records show Boardman has been registered as a nurse in Washington since 1993.